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Unibased Systems Architecture (Chesterfield, Missouri) said it has been selected by Amerinet (St. Louis, Missouri) as a contracted supplier of process improvement and workflow enhancement solutions with ForSite2020, a totally integrated comprehensive suite of enterprise solutions for pre-visit access management and business process improvement, dedicated to reducing costs and improving quality of care. The convergence of Unibased's suite of solutions and the GPO network of Amerinet will bring "outstanding value" to over 33,000 members, accordinig to the companies.

Both Amerinet and Unibased have a similar goal of providing solutions to reduce healthcare costs per service, expand access to services and improve quality through automation. This synergy of values that focus on integrity, innovation and commitment to quality is the forefront of the agreement and the backbone to the mission-critical solutions that will now be available to deliver the quality care that healthcare consumers deserve, the companies said.

"This agreement is significant to our members because they will now have more streamlined access to valuable revenue cycle management tools that will reduce inefficiencies and costs as well as improve patient safety and quality – all of which coincides with Amerinet's core values and commitment to assist our member facilities to reduce costs and improve care," said John Vinarsky, Amerinet's VP of executive resources and office solutions.

In other agreements and contracts news:

• OraSure Technologies (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) said it has been awarded a 36-month contract for its OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test with Premier Purchasing Partners (San Diego).

The new agreement, effective Nov. 1, provides Premier's more than 2,200 member hospitals with pre-negotiated pricing and terms for the purchase of the OraQuick Advance test. According to the company, it is the only FDA-approved and CLIA-waived rapid point-of-care test that can detect antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 in 20 minutes, using oral fluid, finger-stick or venipuncture whole blood or plasma specimens.

Additionally, OraSure said the OraQuick Advance test is the only rapid HIV test offered through Premier's Accelerated Supply Chain Endeavor program, a group purchasing program designed to help participants achieve and sustain rapid improvements in supply chain performance. Currently, more than 90 participants representing about $2.7 billion in supply chain purchasing volume and close to 24,000 hospital beds are collaborating to share best practices in supply chain efficiency as a part of the program.

• Acacia Research Corporation (Newport Beach, California) reported that its Thermal Scalpel subsidiary has entered into a license agreement with Covidien (Boulder, Colorado) and Tyco Healthcare Group (Mansfield, Massachusetts) covering certain patents relating to surgical devices. The agreement resolves litigation that was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas with respect to Covidien's products, the company noted.

• Masimo (Irvine, California), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry and Measure-Through Motion and Low-Perfusion pulse oximetry, and The MED Group (location), a group purchasing organization for home care providers, reported a preferred supplier agreement that will give MED Group members preferred contract pricing on Masimo SET Pulse Oximeters and sensors.

Masimo SET products immediately available to MED Group members include the new Masimo Rad-8 pulse oximeter and the full compliment of Masimo SET adhesive and reusable sensors. According to Masimo, the new Rad-8 offers a host of easy-to-use special features that help caregivers more effectively and efficiently capture, analyze, and report vital oxygen saturation, pulse rate, and perfusion index information for improved patient care in the home environment.